Although high-level negotiations are still underway, health services for tens of thousands of people living in territories controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU) are steadily improving.
Burma’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, launched the Suu Foundation on Sunday, together with Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh.
Residents in Latpadung’s Kangon village are calling for the suspension of an acid factory, which locals say, is making them ill.
While no one knows exactly how many of Burma’s estimated 4 million stray dogs carry rabies, UN news service IRIN reported on Monday that some sources claim alarming numbers as high as 75 percent. According to IRIN, health workers in Burma say that the fatal disease is a serious threat for the country’s urban dwellers.
Thabyaw lake in Mandalay division is being contaminated from pesticides and overuse, causing the villagers to contract diseases such as hepatitis.
Residents in Magwe’s Taungdwingyi stage a protest to demand the removal of a petrol station, which they claim is a safety risk.
Many Burmese migrants work in the dock in Mahachai, Thailand. Many of them are poor and dream of one day returning home. But many of them also enjoy new freedoms that were taboo in their own country, including sexual experimentation and multiple partners.
Decades of armed conflict in Burma make it one of the worst hit countries for landmines. People living close to the border are the most severely affected. But five years ago a prosthetics factory opened in Loikaw, Karenni state. And all of the people working at the factory are landmine victims themselves.
Ninety-three-year-old Thakin Hla Kyaing, who fought for Burma’s independence in the 1930s, has been forced to beg to survive.